In announcing the retirement of Trevor Wray at the end of the 2017/18 academic year, Alex Baxter, Chair of Governors of Franklin College, commented ‘I have recently most regretfully accepted Trevor’s decision to retire. Trevor has been the Principal at Franklin College for the last seven years, during which time he has worked energetically with the Governors to build upon the College’s already enviable reputation both locally and regionally.
‘As Chair, I am immensely proud to have been part of the incredible successes and achievements Trevor has brought about as its Principal. His relentless energy, vision, dedication, passion and drive have created a truly inspirational environment for teaching and learning, where students and staff alike are able to thrive and achieve their potential.’
In highlighting some of the more recent achievements by the College, Alex added:
‘We have worked in partnership with other Sixth Form Colleges in the Humber area to establish the innovative ‘Venn4 Partnership’. This is of national significance and will surely benefit future generations of students.
‘We are also building strong and sustainable partnerships with employers through our Career Academy; listening to the needs of the various commercial sectors and responding by tailoring our curriculum to reflect these requirements. In this way we hope to provide increased opportunities for young people and a local pool of potential employers with the necessary qualifications to satisfy local enterprise.
‘Additionally – and importantly - we have to continue to work in partnership with local authorities, schools and other academies to ensure that we have strong links across the community we serve.’
He added ‘Trevor will leave the college in an excellent position within the local community and we are truly grateful for his legacy, which will provide a platform and smooth transition for his successor to move forward. He has overseen the development of the College into a campus with enviable facilities and a culture that allows our students to thrive and maximise their potential.
‘With an ambitious Board of Governors and College Leadership Team, with excellent teachers, we can give an absolute assurance that we will appoint the very best candidate to ensure that Franklin College continues to go from strength to strength. It has been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to work with Trevor and I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.’
Trevor commented ‘ Retiring is not a decision I have come to lightly, far from it, but after holding senior roles in a number of sixth form over the past 22 years there are a number of personal aspirations I would like to fulfil with my family during my retirement.
‘The staff and students at Franklin College truly are the best I have ever had the pleasure to work with; they make each and every day special.’